Andy is working as a consultant on DFID’s Climate Smart Agriculture (VUNA) and the Embassy of Finland’s Civil Society Environment Fund.
Bruno applies his scientific knowledge and training skills to information and communication systems. His focus is on collaborative and participatory development, with a particular interest in the communication skills, methods and technologies that can facilitate the process. A French citizen resident in the UK, he has been a researcher in ecology, a Food Security scientist, a project manager, a trainer and an information services and technologies (IS&T) specialist. His international experience is centred on West Africa, but also includes Uganda and Namibia. With more than 20 scientific publications since his doctorate, he has lectured for several universities on general biology, tropical ecology, statistics and the use of computer packages. His experience in management covers DFID funded research projects and International NGO human resource development. Currently Project Statistician at Takeda Development Centre (Europe).
Email: bruno.tran @ thenrgroup.net
CV: Tran CV
Country Experience: TBC
Participatory land use planning, Sustainable rural livelihoods, Land evaluation, Land use policy analysis, Land surveying, Use of global positioning systems, Remote sensing, Environmental impact assessment, Training, Team leading, Project identification, feasibility studies, monitoring and evaluation, Project management.
CV: Ridgway CV
Country Experience: TBC
Mike has over 30 years experience of long-term assignments and short missions on: project identification and design; and financial, personnel and technical management of large development projects and government departments. He is very much the generalist, with rural development expertise encompassing: social and technical aspects of soil and water conservation; environmental assessment; land-use and natural resource planning; farmer support services; smallholder crop and livestock production; livelihood systems; indigenous peoples’ development; small-scale irrigation; forestry and sawmill management. He is fluent in the Mauritian Creole language and has excellent Spanish
CV: Holland EU CV
Country Experience: Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Saint Helena, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, UK
A Natural Resource Management Specialist and project manager with over 30 years international experience in natural resource and collaborative community projects. He has focused on: agri-business, organisational change, partnership development and evaluations. Hugh demonstrates individual initiative, sensitive negotiation skills, leadership, excellent communication and international languages. He is a specialist in PA methods including: participatory monitoring and evaluation, community empowerment and participatory planning (PRA), community-based natural resource management, agri-business, team building and training. He designs and is experienced in senior level multi media presentations and electronic material preparation. Currently based in Kenya.
CV: Gibbon CV
Country Experience: TBC
Charles is an entomologist, with more than 40 years experience, primarily with multidisciplinary and multi-cultural projects on pest management (including African armyworm, desert locust and oil palm pests), consultancy, operational logistics and project evaluation. For the last 8 years Charles was working in Papua New Guinea as Head of Entomology and latterly Director of Research of the Papua New Guinea Oil Palm Research Association. His role as HoE was passed to a local entomologist who had been working closely with Charles for the previous year and a half. Charles is principally a terrestrial entomologist, and he also has experience with aquatic entomology, environmental (biodiversity) monitoring, ornithology, and animal myiasis, and in addition has curatorial experience. Charles has wide-ranging field experience in more than 22 countries. English is his mother tongue, but he also speaks working Swahili, French, and “tok pigin”
CV: Dewhurst CV
Country Experience: TBC
Anita has over 20 years of experience working as a remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) specialist. She has used her strong analytical skills to conduct research and consultancy projects for environmental and natural resource monitoring and assessment for developing countries (Africa and across Asia). She has particular interests in spatial and temporal analysis of vegetation and integrating spatial data for decision support. Anita also has extensive teaching and training experience and holds a PGCE in post compulsory education and training. She has developed teaching materials and delivered training courses using a variety of teaching methods. She has worked particularly with international students and has focused on teaching practical GIS and remote sensing skills using applied examples and communicating the potential of these techniques. Currently Lecturer at University of Southampton.
Country Experience: TBC
Judith has specialised in applying biogeographical techniques to a range of research areas, including migrant insect pests and vectors of disease. She has designed and implemented Geographical Information Systems to address data management and analysis in subjects such as the development of locust information management systems, research into the effects of tsetse fly control on land use, the management of natural resources in peri urban areas in relation to water resources and rat infestation problems and land land use of contaminated land. She has over 40 years experience in sub-Saharan Africa , Middle East , China and Central Asia , and speaks some French and Russian.
CV: Pender CV
Country Experience: China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Lawrence has more than twenty years experience of research and consultancy in the field of Crop Protection Technology and Plant Pathology for mainly tropical horticultural, field and plantation crops. This experience includes project formulation, administration and management. Lawrence’s special area of expertise is in diseases caused by plant viruses and phytoplasmas and in plant disease diagnostics. He is also interested in how to better communicate research findings and has experience of the development and delivery of extension and training materials for resource-poor farmers as well as MSc and PhD student supervision and teaching. More recently Lawrence has broadened his experience to include food safety and quality assurance systems for horticultural growers to meet the requirements of EU Food Law, EUREPGAP and specific retailer protocols for access to EU markets. Currently at World Vegetable Center, Taiwan.
Country Experience: Belize, Benin, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Trained in analytical chemistry and microbiology, Benoit has 12 years experience in the analysis of pesticides, mycotoxins, vitamins and other contaminants in food and environmental samples. He has acquired considerable expertise in laboratory management including staff training and appraisal, quality control systems (Good Laboratory Practice, ISO 9001), equipment procurement and installation. He is fluent in French and English, has excellent practical skills and extensive IT knowledge. Benoit has recently been working on an EU project supporting the supply and installation of laboratory equipment in developing countries.
Country Experience: Rwanda, Mali, Mauritania, UK, Belgium
Ian Corker has over 30 years experience working a wide range of land related issues, including both rural and urban sectors. He is a chartered surveyor and chartered arbitrator with sound practical experience in land management and administration, land use planning, dispute resolution, project management, design and evaluation, mainly in developing counties of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and along route he picked up Arabic and Kiswahili. He was Registrar of Lands in Anguilla, Team Leader for the first land registration exercise in Palestine since the 1930’s and Team Leader on a project to automate Egypt’s cadastral records and processors. His current areas of interest include the use of modelling systems to understand land administration systems and the use of low cost, appropriate, GIS and land information management systems as viable alternatives to expensive commercial systems. Despite working in what are often very specialist areas, Ian is a generalist, with perhaps his greatest skill being the application of common sense to technical problems, thus providing an interface between the users and developers of systems.
Email: ian.corker @ thenrgroup.net
CV: Corker CV
Country Experience: Anguilla, Barbados, Egypt, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Montserrat, Nevis, Palestine, Philippines, Somaliland, St Vincent, Tanzania, UK, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia
Initially trained as a Cartographer and as a GIS scientist, Darren has over 12 years consultancy experience in the UK and overseas. He has worked on a variety of short (2-4 months) and longer term (18-21 months) projects in 4 distinct regions (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia). Darren is able to apply his GIS skills to a variety of specialist fields ranging from Oil and Gas exploration, Fisheries management, Tourism, Environment monitoring, GPS/GIS training, Cartographic design and more recently, the important field of Humanitarian activities in post disaster scenarios via his voluntary involvement in www.mapaction.org. His leadership skills and flexible approach to problems enables him to see the answers to many technical and difficult problems.
Country Experience: Armenia, China, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, USA, Yemen
Peter has spent over 20 years working with people, land and environment, mainly in Africa. His experience ranges from the design and implementation of participatory natural resource management to national environmental strategic planning and land policy advice. This combined with institutional analysis, soil fertility research, consultancy and teaching from technical to post-graduate level, underlines his broad range of experience. Most recently he has been working on the influence of institutions on natural resource management; mainstreaming the environment within the PRSP process and land tenure issues in East Africa. Currently with the European Commission
Email: peter.brinn @ thenrgroup.net
CV: Brinn CV
Country Experience: TBC
With over 15 years experience in Rural Development and Agribusiness, in addition to 10 years team leadership and project management experience. A team player, using a multi-disciplinary approach, his experience includes farmer institutional development, agricultural extension in both a privatised and publicly funded context, institutional change, soil fertility management, natural resource management, soil and water conservation, on-farm and on station research, agri-business development, agri-business planning, community development, participatory appraisal in a rural livelihoods context. He has extensive project management and project management cycle experience specifically in project preparation, log frame development, strategy formulation, work plan development monitoring and project evaluation, reporting, basic accountancy and budgeting. He has worked for DFID, EU, World Bank, FAO, African Development Bank and private enterprise. Worked in India, Eastern and Southern Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Namibia), South East Asia (Indonesia), Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Has published over 50 reports and 12 papers.
Country Experience: Australia, Burundi, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Namibia, Namibia (FAO), Papua new-guinea, Uganda, Uk, Vanuatu
Trevor Abell has 35 years of professional experience in tropical forest management and natural resource planning with 17 years long-term duty within Africa – particularly, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Ghana and further long-term assignments in Indonesia and Nepal in addition to a series of short term studies in other countries. He has acquired substantial expertise in institutional support, team leadership, project management and project preparation as well as the technical aspects of forest inventory, forest planning and the management of natural forest and plantations.
Country Experience: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belize, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia
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Bryony has over 15 years experience in international development, managing small and large-scale research, consulting and multidisciplinary projects across South Asia and East Africa both for donor agencies and multinational companies. She has a particular knowledge of rural livelihoods and agricultural research for development. More recently Bryony has undertaken research into innovation prizes and their potential in the developing world and is currently working with donors, prize agencies, development practitioners and corporate agencies to facilitate the development and promotion of prize concepts and ideas for low carbon development and energy access.
Anthony Pope has over 30 years’ experience in practical agriculture and consultancy in many different countries. Most recently, he established an advisory service to support livestock farmers with bovine TB issues in the South West of England. This entailed working with Defra, AHVLA and other industry stakeholders in order to develop the integrity of the Service. he has a broad background in the establishment of new projects throughout the World, for the public, private and governmental sectors, including the FAO, IFAD and UNOPS, and the EU. He has the background and knowledge to identify, plan and establish new projects together with the ability to control budgets and evaluate completion against specification. he has a deep interest in Conservation Agriculture (CA) technology with its practical and sustainable solution to halt declining crop yields, and reverse soil erosion, soil degradation and the decline in soil fertility.
Country Experience: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Georgia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Malaysia, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Sheila is an Agricultural Entomologist with research and teaching experience in Entomology and Pest Management and 15 years experience in the development sector in the UK and Africa. Her early career focused on participatory research with smallholder farmers and pastoralists in East Africa, including research into beekeeping, sweet potato butterfly control, community-based tetse fly control and vectors of camel trypanosomiasis. Sheila has extensive experience in community mobilisation, communications, resource mobilisation and project development. Latterly Sheila has focused on pesticide management including pesticide registration and regulation, safer use of pesticides and integrated pest management.
CV: Sheila Willis CV
Country Experience: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, UK
David is a Senior Meat Technologist with over 30 years experience in the development of meat industries in less developed countries. He has experience of undertaking development projects while working alone or in multi-disciplinary teams on both long and short term assignments in UK and overseas. His key skills include: Feasibility studies, project identification, implementation, management and appraisal of the meat production industry in less developed countries; Advice on abattoir and other meat infrastructure design, rehabilitation and management, meat production and marketing, carcase classification and quality control; Training overseas personnel and drafting technical and consultative documents. He has experience in approx 50 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and SE Asia.
CV – David Silverside CV
Country Experience: Antigua, Dominica, Bangladesh, Botswana,, British Virgin Islands, Burundi , Cameroon, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana , Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis , St Vincent, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Marcus has worked in tropical forestry for over thirty years. He has covered all aspects from forest sector policy and planning, project identification, preparation, monitoring, evaluation, administration and general advisory work. He also has considerable experience in seed collection and handling, tree improvement, particularly the design and analysis of species and provenance trials and their management. Marcus has largely worked with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Union. His main geographic areas of interest are Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Nepal. Recently he has been involved in the development of forestry short course training and education initiatives and preparation of extensive illustrated training and information material, including distance learning formats.
Email: amj.robbins @ thenrgroup.net
Country Experience: Nigeria, Nicaragua, Honduras, Nepal, Guyana, Belize, Montserrat
Mark has been involved in agricultural development worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia for over 30 years. In the last 15 years he has undertaken diverse consulting assignments in environmental impact assessment and in project evaluation for DFID, JICA, the EC, ADB, and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a growing emphasis on developing resilience in the face of Climate Change. During 2011 he has been involved in an ex-post environmental impact assessment of the Malawi Government’s flagship agricultural programme, the Farm Input Subsidy Programme. In 2010 he collaborated with members of the Tropical Agriculture Association and the UK No-Till Alliance to prepare an Open Letter to the British Government, recommending a greater focus of attention and resources on Zero-Tillage. During 2009-2011 he worked with the HALO Trust to assist them in promoting linkages between mine clearance and development and enhancing understanding within the sector of the controversial concept of land release and the appropriate evaluation of mine clearance outputs and outcomes (see report). He has worked as an agricultural adviser with the Ministry of Agriculture for UNDP in East Timor (2004-5), led a locust management project for the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan (2001-2003) and a farming systems development project for DFID in Malawi (1996-2000). Mark has considerable experience in the management of interdisciplinary international project teams; participatory formulation and management of NR development projects with stakeholders; participatory development of on-farm crop and pest management technologies; institutional capacity building; design, organization and delivery of practical training courses; evaluation of development projects and project cycle management.
CV: Mark Ritchie CV
Country Experience: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (PRC), Colombia, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia
With a farming background, Wyn‘s approach to international development has a practical bias. He is a livestock systems specialist; he spent half of his 40 years in development in academia and research in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK. The other half has been spent in research management, largely for FAO, FAO/IAEA, DFID and the Wellcome Trust. He is currently an independent consultant, working under the tradename of Livestock Development Practice. He specialises in: i) communications – training/transforming ‘shelf-based’ information on agricultural/livestock technologies/practices/processes into potential innovation of relevance to smallholders and their associated value chains; and ii) providing added value on technical and procedures issues for project proposals in the agricultural research for development field. He convenes an annual meeting of the inter agency donor group (IADG) on livestock production and animal health research for development to promote greater global collaboration and coordination.
Country Experience: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba; South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia; Ukraine, Belarus, Russian Federation, Albania; Jordan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Lynne is an environmental specialist with over 25 years experience of working in tropical environments throughout the world and specialising in marine projects in the Middle East. Projects have ranged from environmental impacts of coastal developments, public awareness projects, education projects and tourism master planning. She has also been involved in a number of projects in the Caribbean, South East Asia, South Asia and Africa, mostly associated with marine environmental management and planning. Since becoming independent she has focussed on the provision of short-term services to a variety of clients both in the private and government sectors. Although still specialising in marine issues, she has also been involved in more terrestrial projects including a number related to the tourism industry. She has worked fairly extensively for DFID in Africa looking at change management in the government sector using the provision of environmental services as an issues-based project to promote transparency and accountability in government. She is currently working on four projects in Bahrain, all concerned with environmental assessment, development of environmental management plans and the identification of compensation packages associated with major dredging and reclamation projects. She is also using environmental sustainability concepts to inform the master plan designs. She is also a project monitor and evaluator for the EU LIFE Environment and Nature Programmes.
Country Experience: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Montenegro, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, St Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UK, Yemen.